student Connor MartinConnor Martin is a sophomore middle/secondary education and English double major, minoring in leadership.

“I’m from Owatonna, Minnesota. I lived in Buffalo, Minnesota then spent two years in Canada playing juniors for hockey. I grew up playing a ton of sports – baseball, hockey, football, golf. I also played the violin. I like to be active. I spent a lot of time traveling with my parents and teammates. I was lucky and had a lot of quality family time growing up.

When I was in high school, my junior and senior years, I went to a small prep school, Shattuck – St. Mary’s. Our classes were 12-15 students. It was a small campus. The professors were all accommodating and friendly. I was recruited to come to Marian to play hockey. I had the same feeling here as I did in high school. The smaller communities allow you to get to know people and then they’re there for you. I was out of school for two years [playing juniors], so it was nice to come to a place that felt familiar.

I play defense on Marian’s men’s hockey team. I’m in my first year as a student mentor. I tutor. I’m also part of Side B Bible Study on campus.

Marian is small. Get out there an experience everything. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Get involved. I needed pushing myself and I’m thankful for the people who pushed me. I wouldn’t have done all the things I have if it weren’t for that.

My advice to people thinking about coming to Marian is give it a shot. The small campus feels like home. You can make connections here. Faculty and staff are willing to connect with you. Give it a chance because you won’t realize how opening and welcoming a small campus can be until you try it.”